Patients with chronic kidney disease who need dialysis can be more fatal than those with high blood pressure or diabetes if they get COVID-19. That's why I was asked to get the vaccine first, but less than half of those with severe kidney disease would like to get the vaccine.

Reporter Nam Joo-hyun covered the reason.

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patient with chronic kidney disease is undergoing hemodialysis treatment at a hospital.

Dialysis patients come to the hospital regularly and receive treatment for 4 hours, so they are at high risk of being exposed to COVID-19, so they need to get the vaccine.

[Vaccination dialysis patient: I wanted to get hit quickly. Because there are dialysis patients, it is a problem if even one person gets caught here.]

Chronic kidney disease patients are the first to receive the vaccine, and it is scheduled to be completed from the 26th of last month to tomorrow (7th).

However, out of the 87,000 kidney disease patients, only 36,000, or 42%, received vaccinations until yesterday.

Most of the people who died after vaccination were said to be due to an underlying disease, so it seems that the worries were ahead.

[Vaccine non-vaccinated dialysis patient: It's good, but that gets worse (after vaccination), but the government says he died because of something, and it doesn't say he died.] If a

patient with chronic kidney disease receiving dialysis doesn't get the vaccine, it

's okay

It can lead to great damage.

If confirmed, the risk of death increases by up to 3.7 times as the immunity is weak and the kidney tissue is susceptible to the Corona 19 virus.

It is higher than those with blood cancer or diabetes.

Health officials have decided to give one more vaccination period for unvaccinated mandatory vaccinations, from the 7th to the 19th of the following month.

Before that, it is necessary to relieve anxiety about adverse reactions.

[Cheol-ho Jung/Internist: I think it will be important to inform patients with certain diseases that side effects are not significant.] It

is also worth reviewing to compile and disclose the adverse reaction rates of chronic kidney disease patients separately.

(Video coverage: Cho Chun-dong, Video editing: Commissioner Yang)